What is your favourite quote from a book?

Well this will be a short and sweet post since I just have to say which quote I like. The quote I chose is from The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. You will hear more about this book from me, that I can promise. I really enjoyed this book and the fact that it is a true story about the author’s life growing up makes it even better because she went through a lot.

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“Things usually work out in the end.”
“What if they don’t?”
“That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

This quote speaks true to me because I firmly believe that it does all work out in the end. When we encounter bumps in the road or feel like we are at a breaking point, it is all part of the journey that leads us to an ending worth getting to. But is the ending really worth it if you don’t have to fight to get there? The journey is full of ups and downs but they are challenges we go through and will shape us to be who we are.

Alright, that’s enough deep talk for me. Let me know what your favourite book quote is in the comments!

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  1. From Sword of Truth, it’s the Wizard’s First Rule.

    “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they’re afraid it might be true….People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.”

    Not that I recommend the books–there is some creeping misogyny in them and some decidedly toxic masculinity–I just like the quote.I consistently won those games where people have to guess if your written statement is true or false, not because I could guess right, but because I could get people to believe a lie by making it something they’d want to believe, or were afraid to believe. Then years later I came across Wizard’s First Rule and thought, “bingo!”.

    It also speaks to a science truism:
    “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself–and you are the easiest person to fool”. R. Feynman. Anyone who thinks they can’t be fooled is in danger of being fooled. Any scientist who thinks they don’t need to follow the rigorous scientific methodology in experiments because s/he already knows about different biases and logical fallacies is in danger of being fooled by the very biases they think they know.

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  2. Just recalled one of my favourites; also spoken by a wizard, this time Gandalf.

    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
    “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

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    1. Great, now others are popping into my head. “Not all those who wander are lost”, and “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”, both of which exemplify my life.

      sheesh, how can you pick just one quote for this challenge? I have a dozen from Thoreau’s writings alone. I’l leave off with something that should resound with all avid readers.

      It is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense. For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time. –Louis L’Amour.

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  3. “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls” – from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This also happens to be one of my very favourite books, Hosseini has such a way with words and opening your eyes.

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  4. The last one that really stayed with me, I came across in Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller:

    “I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”

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